Landscaping Ideas for a New Home

New homes are a blank canvas to put your own personal touch and style on to create a one-of-a-kind design. When planning your landscape, think about how everything ties together and, once completed, how they look together as one design. Sketch out a blueprint to refer to as you go along and don't be afraid to add or remove items, like plants, flowers and accessories.

Perennial Flowerbed

Perennial flowerbeds help to create color and long-lasting foliage within the garden. Perennials require a one-time planting to then grow back each year fuller and taller than before. They are a permanent fixture to a new home and one that accents spaces like front walkways and backyard patios. When creating a perennial flowerbed, consider the style of the home and what plants fit within the current USDA zone. Have fun mixing different flowers together to create a colorful garden. Hardy perennial flowers like purple coneflowers, coreopsis, Shasta daisies and English lavender are all drought-tolerant and require little moisture during hot, arid summers. They bring in their masses of bright blooms to the new landscape and emerge in spring to summer for a striking display.

Stone Path

Connect areas of the home together by installing a stone path. Install the stone path along a front entrance to the new home to lead you to the side yard or backyard spaces like pergolas and patios. Made from a wide range of materials including flagstone, slate, brick and concrete, stone is a durable and weatherproof material that helps to create a long-lasting design. To create a typical sized stone path and one that accommodates outdoor equipment, like wheelbarrows and lawn mowers, a 2- to 3-foot-wide path is sufficient. Let the path follow the natural curves of the new home layout to ensure a harmonious design. Alongside the path, plant low-growing plants like creeping thyme and blue star creeper to flank the space and help bring in color and texture to the design.

Specimen Tree

Specimen trees create a dramatic focal point to a new home to draw your eye into the space. Grown in a variety of types such as evergreen and deciduous trees, they come in many sizes to accommodate both small and large new home landscapes. Specimen trees often have stunning fiery fall foliage, bright spring blooms or interesting and unusual shapes that makes them distinctive. Trees like Japanese maples are an ideal specimen tree to grow within the front yard for their fall foliage. The leaves come in deep crimsons, burgundies, bright oranges and bright yellows to make them an attractive species that is known for its cascading branches and dense foliage. Cherry trees, another classic specimen tree, produces clusters of spring-blooming, puffball-like blooms that range in colors from pale pink to deep rose and pure white. They have an upright, spreading form that creates a commanding presence.

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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.